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Stately Bodies: Literature, Philosophy, and the Question of Gender (Body, in Theory: Histories)

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Stately Bodies explores the curious prevalence of bodily metaphors in conceptions of noncorporeal institutions: the state, the law, and politics itself. The book builds on work from Adriana Cavarero's well-received study, In Spite of Plato: A Feminist Rewriting of Ancient Philosophy. In that work Cavarero--as political theorist, philosopher, classicist, and close reader--examines literary and philosophical texts from Greek antiquity to modern to reveal the paradox that characterizes notions of the "body politic" in Western political philosophy.

She examines bodily metaphor in political discourse and in fictional depictions of politics, including Sophocles' Antigone, Plato's Timaeus, Livy, John of Salisbury, Shakespeare's Hamlet, and Hobbes' Leviathan. An appendix explores two texts by women that disrupt these notions: Maria Zambrano's Tomb of Antigone and Ingeborg Bachmann's Undine Goes.

Cavarero exposes the problematic nature of the mind/body dualism that has been essential in Western thought. Her insight that the expelled, depoliticized body is a female one becomes an instrument for decoding many paradoxical tropes of the political body. For instance, Cavarero revisits Antigone as the tragedy in which a body that is displaced, bleeding, and matrilinear allows the construction of a political order where misogynous rationality rules. Throughout the book, Cavarero argues that women have been cast by male thinkers into the realm of the corporeal as nonpolitical, and also suggests that this nonpolitical position is also a source of knowledge and power, that politics is a masculine pursuit that should not be admired or envied.

Adriana Cavarero is Professor of Philosophy, University of Verona, and frequently is Visiting Professor. New York University. Her books Relating Narratives: Storytelling and Selfhood and In Spite of Plato: A Feminist Rewriting of Ancient Philosophy were published by Routledge.

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Explores the curious prevalence of bodily metaphors in conceptions of noncorporeal institutions: the state, the law, and politics itself

Synopsis:

Includes bibliographical references (p. 209-220).

Product Details

ISBN:
9780472066742
Translator:
de Lucca, Robert; Shemek, Deanna
Translator:
De Lucca, Robert
Translator:
De Lucca, Robert
Translator:
de Lucca, Robert; Shemek, Deanna
Author:
Lucca, Robert de
Author:
Cavarero, Adriana
Author:
De Lucca, Robert
Author:
Shemek, Deanna
Publisher:
University of Michigan Press
Location:
Ann Arbor
Subject:
General
Subject:
Women's Studies
Subject:
Body, human
Subject:
Body, Human (Philosophy)
Subject:
Movements - Humanism
Subject:
Women's Studies - General
Subject:
General Literary Criticism & Collections
Subject:
Human body (Philosophy)
Subject:
Philosophy : General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Paper Text
Series:
The Body, In Theory: Histories of Cultural Materialism
Series Volume:
2
Publication Date:
20021131
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
232
Dimensions:
9 x 5.25 in

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